How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 1

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer It’s nearly August, that time of year when zucchini show up unannounced on your doorstep, peaches are offered for sale by the bushel, and tomatoes proliferate. Needless to say, it’s a time of bounty, when everything is growing great gonzos, so it’s the time of year when every year I feel underprepared for processing and dealing with all the delicious food that is at the height of flavor and nutrition. Thus, about two years ago, I started compiling all of […]

Hidden Veggie Popsicles

Hidden Veggie Dairy Free Popsicles

Guest Post by Whitney Cornelison of Beauty in the Mess Veggies in a popsicle?! Really?! I promise they aren’t as bad as they sound. While I am sure you think I have lost my mind, let me tell you that my kids gobbled these up and asked for more. They did! Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? For the most part, my kids are great about eating at least one bite of something they don’t like. Usually they do […]

DIY Peaches and Cream Gummies

Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the dyes or preservatives that go with them? If so, you need to try these Peaches and Cream Gummies!

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the yucky food dyes or preservatives that go with them? If so, you need to try these homemade gummies! Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! The reason these gummies are so good for you is that they include gelatin. The gelatin used in this recipe is made from grass-fed beef. It comes in powdered form and is high in protein. It’s also gluten-free. […]

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Bars {keeperofthehome.org}

Stephanie’s note: In a week, our family will be embarking on yet another “free” diet. You know the kind – free from gluten and grain, free from dairy, free from sugar, free from our usual favorites and convenience and ease. And I know that so many of you have also turned to diets like this, be they GAPS or SCD or a version of WAPF or paleo or whatever it is, because you’re dealing with gut problems, Candida, auto-immune issues, dental decay, etc. It’s so […]

How to Make Honey Sweetened Summer Berry Preserves

You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

  By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Summertime is filled with a bounty of the most amazing fresh produce. But by far, one of our favorites is berry season! First to appear are red and delicious strawberries, followed by sweet-n-tangy raspberries, plump blueberries and one of my personal favorites – blackberries. It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! That’s why they’re a favorite […]

A Two-Week Real Food Dairy-Free Meal Plan

If you are going dairy-free on a real food diet, here is a play-by-play, two-week real food dairy-free meal plan of what you can safely eat. (And how you can not starve!)

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have now nursed three babies. (By the grace of God, by the way … it never came easily to me!) And do you know that for EACH baby, I had to take dairy out of my diet for one reason or another? I’m sort of a resident “allergy” expert, because my oldest son has severe food allergies to milk, peanut, and egg. And you would not BELIEVE the number of times that a nursing mom has e-mailed, called or texted me – desperate, […]

Cool Down with 10 Iced Tea Recipes

Stuck in an iced tea rut this summer? If you could use some inspiration, here are 10 different refreshing recipes for iced tea.

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer By this time every summer, I’m searching for easy ways to cool down. I love iced drinks – but after drinking a lot of iced lemon water, I need a little change. Iced teas are a great way to add some variety to your summer sipping. As long as it’s unsweetened, any kind of tea – black, green, or white – can benefit your health: Black tea can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as thin your blood. Green tea […]

Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds (Plus 50 Chia Recipes)

Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Here are over 50 recipes that use chia seeds. All are made with real food ingredients and many of them are also gluten free.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Of all of the benefits of chia seeds, some of the most notable are their ability to provide significant amounts of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds is truly impressive: just 3½ tablespoons can contain the same amount of omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon! (Source) Chia seeds often are used to boost […]